Reopening of the Neue Nationalgalerie

Architecture David Chipperfield ArchitectsReopening 2021
Location Berlin, GermanyPhotography Sarah Dorweiler

The Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin is a must-see for any architecture lover. Designed by Mies van der Rohe, the building is a masterclass in minimalism, with its simple rectangular shape and steel-and-glass façade. But after 50 years of use, the museum was in need of a major renovation.

David Chipperfield Architects was commissioned to sensitively modernize the space while preserving its original character. The project began in 2012, and construction started in 2016. After 5 years of refurbishment, in 2021 the Neue Nationalgalerie celebrated its opening.

Minimalist architectural photography of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin on a cloudy day
© Photography Sarah Dorweiler
Detail shot of the glass facade
© Photography Sarah Dorweiler
Detail shot of the interiors of the Neue Nationalgalerie with the Barcelona Bank
© Photography Sarah Dorweiler

The existing fabric has been refurbished and upgraded to current technical standards, with a minimum of visual compromise to the building’s original appearance. The functional and technical upgrades include air-conditioning, artificial lighting, security, and visitors’ facilities, such as cloakroom, café and museum shop, as well as improving disabled access and art handling.

The new Neue Nationalgalerie is a brilliant example of how to modernize a classic space without losing its original charm. The end result is a beautiful museum that will stand the test of time.

Minimalist architectural photography of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin on a cloudy day
© Photography Sarah Dorweiler
Detail shot of the interiors of the Neue Nationalgalerie with the Barcelona Ottoman
© Photography Sarah Dorweiler
© Photography Sarah Dorweiler

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